Thensted Outreach Center

Who We Are

Established in 1982 under the guidance and inspiration of Sr. Margaret “Mike” Hoffman, R.S.C.J., the Thensted Center is named in honor of Fr. Cornelius J. Thensted, S.J.  His mission of helping the poor in the area began in 1947 and continues today through the Outreach Center named in his honor. The Thensted Center is an independent not-for-profit agency. It receives financial and good-will support from the St. Charles Borromeo Church parish. The Center’s operations are also funded by other donations, grants, and government funding sources.

The organization mission:

To help people help themselves toward a more independent and higher “state of living” through needed assistance and education.

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What We Do

 The Outreach programs at the Thensted Center provide essentials like food and clothing to the economically disadvantaged. All recipients are screened carefully to assess eligibility. Programs include:

  • Emergency Food Pantry
  • Home Visits to elderly and shut-ins to assess needs,
  • Thrift Store for clothing, furniture, and household items,
  • Christmas Baskets containing food, toiletries, and household items.

BUILDING UP... Helping others to learn how to actualize their true potential is a key component of the Thensted Center mission. These programs, designed to build better lives, are geared toward both children and adults. They include:

  • After School Tutorial for grades Kindergarten through 12
  • The Summer Enrichment Program for children ages 6-17 offering academic and cultural recreational activities
  • Counseling Services that provide sessions for individuals, families, and groups
  • Empowering Seniors that includes bi-monthly education in spiritual, emotional, physical, social, and intellectual areas.

ENRICHING THE FUTURE... A community is only as strong as its people. By empowering the citizens of southern St. Landry parish, the Thensted Center helps dreams come true and helps our communities prosper. Educational Programs designed to assist in personal discovery include:

  • Sub Bank and Budgeting teaches money management
  • Career Education Program (CEP) helps high school students learn first-hand about career possibilities with on-the-job training.


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Contact Information

Address Information
268 Church Street Bldg A
P. O. Box 341
Grand Coteau , LA 70541
Office Hours: 7:30 am thru 2:30 pm Monday to Friday
Contact: Julia Richards
Contact Title: Executive Director
Phone: 337-662-5838
Fax: 337-662-5839

Starting from

I-49 South Service Rd, Opelousas, LA 70570

Head south on I-49 Frontage Rd toward Ventre Blvd

4.6 mi

Turn left onto I-49 Frontage Rd/Woodys Ln

171 ft

Take the 1st left onto LA-93

0.5 mi

Turn right onto E Martin Luther King Jr Dr

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Take the 3rd left onto Church St

 Destination will be on the right

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Thensted Center

268 Church St, Grand Coteau, LA 70541